Fort to host final PVC track meet today

BEVERLY — Fort Frye’s boys and girls track teams will have the honor of being a host closer of the annual Pioneer Valley Conference meet at 4:30 p.m. today.

“It is exciting and sad to be competing in the last official PVC championship track meet,” said first year FFHS head coach Linda Hart.

At one time, the Pioneer Valley Conference, which had its beginnings in 1964, included double-digit members but is now down to five: Fort Frye, Shenandoah, Caldwell, Monroe Central and Frontier.The Cadets, Zeps, Redskins, Seminoles, and Cougars are all affiliated with the OVAC (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) as well.

In last year’s PVC competition in Sarahsville, host the host Shenandoah boys and girls emerged as champions.

“Our boys will have to do exceptionally well to prevail, but they can do it,” Hart said. “It would be great for them to continue to peak as we are go into districts next week.”

Pacing the Fort boys will be senior Justin Anderson, a first-place winner in the 1600 with a clocking of 4 minutes, 47.69 minutes in Class 3A of the OVAC Championships. He was also first in the 3200 in 10:18.39.

In the PVC distance runs, Anderson figures to be pushed by Caldwell’s Mason Ackley, Lucas King, and Andrew Sheanshang.

Anderson was also the leadoff leg on the runner-up 4 by 8 relay team, which also featured Jon Garvin, Jevin Ward, and Braden Lipot. The foursome’s OVAC time was 8:53.03. Caldwell’s relay team of King, Sheanshang, Tyler Whetstone, and Ackley will be the Cadets’ primary competition.

Caden Moore, King, Ackley, and Michael Gerard could be the Cadet relay to beat in the 4 by 4.

Cadet senior Bailey Nesselroad high jumped 5 feet, 8 inches and was third in the OVAC high jump to Zeps sophomore Shakur Payton’s winning 6 feet.

Shenandoah looks strong in the long jump with Ayden Laipply and Payton while Max McVicker is its top hurdler.

Caldwell should score well in the shot and discus with Jeremy Ditch and Tim Weir. Frontier’s throwers are junior Eli Fickiesen and sophomore Braden McLeish while Fort’s are Caden Fryman, Dylan Hart, and Isiah Jones.

Fort junior Brady Schilling could be the one to beat in the pole vault.Monroe Central has a good 100 thinclad in senior Joey Wise, who figures to be pushed by Caldwell’s Dalton Wheeler.

Senior Mikey Rutter and junior Kaylb McQueary are Frontier’s top sprinters.

In the 400, it’s between Shenandoah’s Tucker Sebring and Caldwell’s Gerard. Ward and Nesselroad of Fort is also expected to be in the hunt.

King and Lipot are expected to battle it out in the 800.

In the 4 by 2, Shenandoah’s Avery Bruer, McVicker, Payton, and Tucker Sebring is favored and will be matched up against Caldwell’s Wheeler, Adean Theobald, Caden Moore, and Michael Gerard.

Fort’s 4 by 2 includes Ward, Schilling, Tanner Dunfee, and Brian Adkins, while Monroe Central’s Nayt Seymour, Daryan, Jake Swisher, and Paul Yonak will also be toeing the line.

The 4 by 1 could be close race between CHS and SHS. The Redskins are Wheeler, Theobald, Chris Hill and Moore, while the Zeps include Ethan Wiley, Avery Bruer, Julius Kirk and Laipply. Fort will be featuring Jones, Schilling, Dunfee, and Adkins, while the Seminoles are Jagger Keylor, Yonak, Swisher, and Wise.

On the girls’ side, Fort junior Maddie Webb is expected to be her team’s leading scorer. A two-time state qualifier in the pole vault, she was second at the OVAC meet with a clearance of 9-6.

Look for Webb to also be a challenger in the discus throw and a leg on the 4 by 1.Some other Fort Frye girls to keep an eye on will be Ella Keffer (hurdles, 4 by 1), Kyloe Roe (hurdles), Eden Woodford (100, 200, 4 by 1), Anna McIntire (100, 200, 4 by 1), Viola Angle (800, 1600), Mykal Hendershot (shot) and Grace Brockmeier (discus, shot),

“It’ll be tough for the Cadet girls to get enough points to win since we only have six girls and don’t have enough to fill relay teams,” Linda Hart said.

Frontier’s team roster includes senior Haley Davis (mid-distance), Olivia Moretto, Katlyn Burns, Katie Hayes, Kaylenna Cochran, Haylee Bills, Shawna Clark, Whitney Doan, Makenna Suthpin, and Katie Walker.Caldwell’s winning OVAC 4 by 8 relay looks strong with Calli Hesson, Chloe McAuley, Brynn Block, and Lauren Fry.

Hesson and Fry also excel in the 800 while McAuley runs the 3200.

Also on the Redskin roster are Zoey Crock (3200), Anna Lower (100, 200), Elle Schafer (100, long jump), Jaden Ridenour (4 by 2, 400), Gwendolyn Dimmerling (4 by 2, 400, 200), Brynn Block (4 by 2), Klaudia Rayner (4 by 2), Hope Saling (1600), Caileigh Moore (1600), Ashlyn Ralph (discus, shot), and Taylor Ramsey (shot).

“Caldwell’s throwers are strong,” Hart said.Shenandoah is expected to be paced by Kendall Mackie (1600, 3200), Kylan Biancarelli (1600), Ryleigh Sherman, Caitlyn Howiler, Raelynn Long, Anissa Varhola, Monica Seevers, Mya Stahl, and Taylor Poulton,

Monroe Central’s roster will feature Tatvanna Rieck (high jump), Kayley Dimmerling (high jump), Kayla Wall (high jump),Payton Robison, Amy Bettinger, Blake Urbanek, and McKaya Dimmerling.

Overall on the Cadet boys and girls….

“I will be proud of their efforts at PVC, especially if they PR,” Hart said.